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July 7, 2008 8:52 AM

Camp stove cookery: any ideas?

Posted by Nancy Leson

July 4th has come and gone, which means it's really summer, right? For my friend Laura -- and maybe for you, too -- that means it's time to go car camping. She wrote with this query:

"I'd love to get some suggestions for good, fairly simple meals to make on a camp stove. Tired of Hamburger Helper, spaghetti, hash, etc., we're hoping for something that tastes fresh, and maybe local. We can haul some prepared ingredients in our cooler when car camping. Backpacking can complicate plans, but dehydrated rice-and-bean pouches are dreary after a long hike. Don't you think your readers would have some great menu ideas for either situation?"

Indeed I do. Eaters? What say you? It's been way too long since I went car camping, but I'd make certain to tote along a variety of fresh herbs and interesting spices ("snack size" Ziplocs work well for transport). Everything tastes better with fresh herbs and spices. Don't forget the good salt and you might want to invest in a mini peppermill. I've got one that comes in a pouch and fits right in my hand.

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